• Outdoor School serves more than 2,000 students with special needs every year.

"Suffering  a stroke one week before birth left her totally paralyzed requiring a life supporting ventilator and 24-hour care. We would like to thank the team at Outdoor School for helping Wryleigh experience many outdoor activities never before known to her."

- parent of a sixth-grade student


  • 50% of student leaders who completed just two weeks of leadership reported using skills they gained at ODS in mediating conflicts among peers.

"I learned things about myself, like the fact that if you're confident in yourself enough, you can do anything. I will always remember my Student Leader for the rest of my life."

- sixth-grade student


  • 65% of student leaders who had  completed four weeks of leadership report that ODS has had a "large influence" on their interest in other volunteer opportunities.

  • For every one hour of paid staff time, Outdoor School averages 10 hours of volunteer time.

"ODS has reminded me that we are all a part of the same environment and community, so we need to respect each other and nature."
                                                                                                       - high school Student Leader

Our Future:

  • 81% of high school Student Leaders report that Outdoor School contributed to their knowledge of jobs in the environmental field.

"Outdoor School is the finest program to have come out of education in my [32-year] professional career. The Multnomah ESD Outdoor School program, in particular, is the absolute best of the many programs I have experienced. The program and its delivery are so well conceived that I can honestly say it is unmatched by any other program in any area of our curriculum provided for students. We strive in education to truly have a lifelong impact on our students and their families and I can honestly say that Outdoor School does a better job of this than probably anything else."

                                                                                                                        - sixth-grade teacher

Why Outdoor School?

Because Outdoor School is...


  • 88% of five-time high school Student Leaders reported using skills they gained at ODS in science and math classes

"My Student Leader made lessons fun and easy to learn. She made me excited about soil and rocks!"

                    - sixth-grade student

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Why Outdoor School